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4 Day Beijing Private Imperial Day Trip with a 4 Star Hotel

Escorted by a local experienced tour guide take a 4 days private Imperial Tour to walk through the sacred Tiananmmen Square, discover the majestic Forbidden City, explore the respectful Temple of Heaven as well as the verdant gardens of the Summer Palace, experience the UNESCO world heritage Badaling Great Wall, marvel at the unique design of Ming Tomb:(Chang Tomb), take photos of the lovely panda in Beijing Zoo, take the rickshaw and view traditional parts of Beijing Hutong. The tour covers hotel pick-up & drop off, private tour guide and air-conditioned car/van.
   

Tour Code :
A0056
Duration :
4 days
Destinations :
Beijing
Departure date :
Everyday
Tour Type :
Private Tour
From $420
  • D1

    Day 1 Beijing           

    You will be picked up from the airport or train station then escorted to the hotel. Use the rest of the day to relax and rejuvenate but if you are not tired, maybe you can have a short sightseeing trip of Beijing at night.

  • D2

    Day 2 Beijing           

    Beijing: Tiananmen Square- Forbidden City-Temple of Heaven  

    You will be picked up from the hotel by the driver and tour guide from 7:00-8:00 A.M. The first stop is Tiananmen square which is the biggest city central square in the world.
      Passing through Tiananmen Gate, visit the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Cut through the numerous doorways and admire the perpetuated buildings. After a fulfilling lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven; magnificent architecture for the Ming  and Qing emperor dynasty

    Note: A Passport or ID card is mandatory for visiting the Forbidden City.

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    Day 3 Beijing           

    Beijing: Badaling Great Wall-Ming Tomb:(Chang Tomb) 

     You will be picked up from the hotel by the driver and tour guide from 7:00-8:00 A.M. The renowned Great Wall is the first stop, visit the magnificent Badaling Great Wall and acknowledge the fact that such a grand fortification stands on steep mountains.  After lunch, you will visit and discover the mystery that lies at the Ming Tomb:(Chang Tomb). At night,you can choose one of the shows to watch from our  favorite collection after which you will be escorted back to the hotel.

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    Day 4 Beijing           

    Beijing:  Beijing Zoo-Summer palace-Hutong   

    You will be picked up from the hotel by the driver and tour guide from 7:00-8:00 A.M. The Summer Palace is the first stop you'll visit. Give credit to the magnificent momentum of Chinese royal gardens fused together with artificial landscape like the pavilions and temples artistically. Beijing Zoo is the next stop where we will see the cuddly giant pandas. After the zoo, you will hop on the rickshaw and visit the narrow alleys of old Beijng where you'll join a local family for lunch in the Hutong area.
    You will be then sent back to the airport or train station marking the end of this exciting trip.

    Option Day 2: Badaling section can be chosen in place of Mutianyu section and Changling tomb can be chosen in place of Dingling tomb.

    Option Day 3: Your lunch is served at a Chinese restaurant

    The Peking roast duck dinner is charged at RMB240/USD40$ per person .


      


Person(s)/$ 1 2-5 6-9 ≥10
Price per person

Inclusions

    1.Entrance fee described in the itinerary.

    2.Meals.

    3.Transport.

    4.English-speaking guide.

    5.A bottle of water a day per person.

    6. VIP access to the forbidden city (skip long lines)

    7. VIP pass (no need to transfer to the shuttle bus at the entrance)  


Exclusions

    1.International and Domestic air tickets with tax.

    2.Tips to Guides and Drivers.

    3.China entry visa fees.

    4.Personal expenses.


  • 1

    Forbidden City

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            Upon the establishment of the Ming Dynasty, the Hongwu Emperor moved the capital from Beijing in the north to Nanjing in the south, and ordered to burn down the Yuan palaces. When his son Zhu Di became the Yongle Emperor, he moved the capital back to Beijing, and the construction of Forbidden City began in 1406. The construction lasted 15 years, and required more than a million workers. Material used include whole logs of precious Phoebe zhennan wood found in the jungles of south-western China, and large blocks of marble from quarries near Beijing. The floors of major halls were paved with "golden bricks".

      The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties. In ancient times, the emperor claimed to be the son of Heaven, and therefore Heaven’s supreme power was bestowed upon him. The emperors' residence on earth was built as a replica of the "Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven". Such a divine place was certainly forbidden to ordinary people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named.

    Forbidden City.jpg     Forbidden City.jpg  

       The Forbidden City is the world's largest surviving palace complex and covers 72 hectare . It is a 961 meters from north to south and 753 meters from east to west. It consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 rooms. The Forbidden City was designed to be the centre of the ancient Beijing. It is enclosed in a larger, walled area called the Imperial City. The Imperial City is, in turn, enclosed by the Inner City; to its south lays the Outer City.

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    Temple of Heaven

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          The Temple of  Heaven is located in the Chongwen district in the southern part of  Beijing. It was built in 1420 during  a time when many other important buildings were constructed in Beijing. Tiantan served as a place of ceremonies and rituals for the Ming and Qing emperors.

      The Palace of  Abstinence is located near the western entrance of the temple. Before each  ceremony, emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties held a three-day fasting period during  summer and winter festivals. The emperors spent two days fasting in the Forbidden City and completed the last day of fasting in the Palace of Abstinence.

      South of the  Echo wall stands the Altar of Heaven, built entirely of white marble. The altar  has four entrances and a flight of nine steps leading down in every direction.  At the center of the upper terrace lies a round stone surrounded by nine  concentric rings of stones.

    Temple of Heaven  

    Even the numbers  of the carved balustrades on these terraces are also multiples of nine. When you  stand in the center of the upper terrace and speak in a low voice, your voice  will echo back much louder to yourself than to others, as the sound waves are  reflected back by the marble balustrades to the focal point at the center.

      The main  building in the compound is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. The entire  structure was joint by wooden bars, laths and brackets, without using steel and  concrete. The four large pillars in the center are known as the Dragon Well  Pillars with each pillar representing one of the four seasons.

    Temple of Heaven tour experience the sacred past of the capital

    Temple of Heaven is a place of worshipping for Ming and Qing emperors.

    Take a tour to explore the hall of prayer, the dragon walls and the stunning greenery around the temple. Enjoy the play of colors and of number 9. Book your tour to learn more!   


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    Tiananmen Square

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      The Tiananmen Square on the north to south axis is at the center of Beijing city. It's the largest square in the world, encompassing an area of 14 hectares, and measuring 865 meters north to south, and 500 and 370 meters east to west on the northern and southern ends respectively.

          The Five-Star Red Flag flutters high above the mid-point of the square's north side. Everyday,  at dawn and dusk, the Guards march in unison to the foot of the flagstaff to hoist or lower the National Flag, saluted with eyes by the on-lookers.

    Tiananmen Square

      The Monument to the People's Heroes towers over the center of the square. To its south lies Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall. The Chinese Revolutionary Museum and the Chinese History Museum stand to the east of the square, the Great Hall of the People to the west and the magnificent Heavenly Peace Gate Tower to the north. The Tower is adjoined on its left side by the Zhongshan Park and on the right side by the Working People's Palace of Culture. Opposite the tower in the far south is the Zhengyang Gate Tower. These fine and unique buildings arranged in perfect harmony add greater beauty and grandeur to the Tianmen Square.

      The Tiananmen Square is the people's square, where grand state ceremonies are held on important occasions.

    Tiananmen Square


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    Badaling Great Wall

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      Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 50 miles northwest of urban Beijing city in Yanqing County, which is within the Beijing municipality. The portion of the wall running through the site was built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location's strategic importance. The highest point of Badaling is Beibalou, approximately 1,015 metres above sea level.

           Badaling Great Wall was built in Ming Dynasty(1505) occupying a commanding and strategic position for protecting the Juyongguan Pass ( Juyongguan section of the Great Wall ) on its south, further protecting the city of Beijing. 

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          The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone restoration, and in 1957 it was the first section of the wall opening for visiting tourists. Now it is visited annually by millions.  Badaling and the expressway were the site of the finishing circuit of the Urban Road Cycling Course in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Laps of the circuit passed through gates in the wall.


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    Ming Tombs

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         The Ming Tombs  are located in Changping district, about 50 kilometers to the northwest of  Beijing city.

      During the Ming Dynasty, there  were 14 emperors from the Yongle Reign of Zhudi to the Chongzhen Reign of  Zhuyoujian. 13 emperors had their tombs built there except Zhuqiyu (the Jingtai  Reign) who was buried at the Golden Mountain in the western suburbs of Beijing,  hence the name of the Tombs of 13 Ming Emperors (The Ming Tombs). Getting into the Mausoleum area, you first sight a stone archway  which is the largest as well as the oldest one in China. Further down the  pathway, stands the main gate (Dagong Gate) fronted by a stone tablet with the  inscription of "All Persons Inclusive of Officials Dismount here!" Inside the  Dagong Gate lies, south to north, a 750-meter-long road known as the Shendao  (Sacred Way), lined with 36 vivid stone statues of Men and Animals (in 18 pairs)  and 9 groups of 4 same statues each (two standing and two crouching). All  statues were carved out of one single block of stone. Among the 13  Ming Tombs, each located at the foot of a small hill, only the Tombs of  Changling and Dingling are open to public at present.

    Ming TombsMing Tombs

      Encompassing an area of 10  hectares, Changling, the tomb for Emperor Zhudi and his wife lies at the foot of  Tianshoushan (the Mountain of Heavenly Longevity). It comprises three courtyards  with Changling Hall, or the Lingsi Hall on par with Taihe Hall (Hall of Supreme  Harmony) of the Palace Museum, Dacheng Hall of Confucius Temple in Qufu of  Shangdong Province and Tiankuang Hall of Dai Temple at the foot of Taishan. The  Changling Hall covers an area of 1956.44 square meters, that surpassing that of  the Taihe Hall (Hall of Supreme Harmony). It is supported by 60 precious  columns, each made of a whole trunk of nanmu and remaining intact without any  protection after 500 years.

      Dingling, the  mausoleum of Emperor Zhuyijun of the Ming Dynasty and his two empresses Xiaoduan  and Xiaojing is located at the foot of Dayu Mountain. Lying 27 meters below the  surface and covering an area of 1195 square meters, the Underground Palace is  composed of 5 Chambers: the Front, the Middle, and the Rear Chambers, Left and  Right Annex Chambers. The Rear Chamber, 9.5 meters high, 30.1 meters long and  9.1 meters wide is the largest. In the Chamber, the coffin of Emperor Zhuyijun  is placed on the middle of the stone couch, with his two wives' coffins on each side. Over 3000 pieces of historical relics were unearthed from the Underground  Palace. Among them, the Gold Crown and the Phoenix Crown are the unique  treasures.

      


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    Summer Palace

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    The Summer Palace, located ten kilometers to the northwest of Beijing, used to be a summer residence of Qing Dynasty emperors. It is an imperial garden known far and wide for its architectural grandeur and stunning natural beauty. It is one of the Four Most Famous Gardens in China. The construction of the Summer Palace started in 1750.

      The northern part of the Summer Palace is the 60-meter-tall Longevity Hill. Its southern part is a wide expanse of water called Kunming Lake. The whole garden covers 290  hectares, with the lake taking up four-fifths of its total area.

      Along the northern bank of Kunming Lake runs the Long Corridor with a total length of 728  meters and 273 sections.. The crossbeams of the Long Corridor are decorated with more than 8,000 color paintings with Chinese landscape and historical stories.


    Summer Palace

     The 17-arch bridge on the  southern bank of Kunming Lake is more than 150 meters long. Carved stone lions, of different sizes and postures, sit on top of the bridge's stone columns. An octagonal pavilion stands at one end of the bridge and near the pavilion lies a bronze ox with its head raised toward the lake. On the back of the ox is engraved a line from Emperor Qianlong stating that the ox is used to control flooding of the lake.

      A Ming-style street winds along a stretch of water on the back side of Longevity Hill. The Suzhou Street, 300 meters long, is lined with more than 60 shops and decorated with archways and gateways. The shops, of different shapes and sizes, are built with bluish gray tiles and bricks. The marketplace lends a folksy flavor to the imperial garden.

    Summer Palace is a fascinating ensemble of gardens, lakes and palaces

    Book a tour to the Summer Palace and experience a stunning ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing. It remains to be a popular tourist destination to this day!

    The  buildings are positioned in a fashion that creates a sharp contrast to the hilly backdrop. Enjoy walking through these splendid halls and pavilions, admiring the construction and natural beauty all at once!

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    Beijing Zoo

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      Beijing zoo is a  park in Beijing, China. Loc in the Xicheng District, the zoo occupies an area of 89 hectares, including 5.6 hectares hectares of lakes and ponds. It is one of the oldest zoos in China and has one of the largest animal collections in the country. The zoo and its aquarium has over 450 species of land animals and over 500 species of marine animals. In all, it is a home to 14,500 animals. More than six million visitors come to the zoo each year. The zoo was founded in 1906 during the late Qing Dynasty. Like many of Beijing's parks, the zoo's grounds resemble classical Chinese gardens, with flower beds amidst natural scenery, including dense groves of trees, stretches of meadows, small streams and rivers, lotus pools and hills dotted with pavilions and historical buildings.

    Beijing zoo panda

      The Beijing Zoo is best known for its collection of rare animals endemic to China including the Giant Pandas, which are zoo's most popular animals, the golden snub-nosed monkey, South China Tiger, white-lipped deer, Pere David's Deer, Crested Ibis, Chinese Alligator and the Chinese Giant Salamander. Other endangered or threatened species include Siberian tiger, yak, Przewalski's horse, snow leopard, Tibetan gazelle, and kiang.

      The zoo also has a broad collection of megafauna such as lions, jaguars, clouded leopards, Asian and African elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, black bears, polar bears, tapirs, sea turtles, penguins, gorillas, chimpanzees, kangaroos, muntjac, addax, zebras, otters, bats,flamingos and lemurs. The Beijing Zoo has 13 of the world's 15 species of cranes.




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    Hutong

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         According to experts,the word Hutong originated from Mongolian language meaning"Well". In ancient times,people tended to gather and live around wells. So the original meaning of Hutong should be"a place where people gather and live."Another explanation says that during the Yuan Dynasty,in the 13th century,residential areas in the city were divided into  many quarters.  In Mongolian language,passageways  were called Hutong. But no matter what Hutong exactly means,one thing is for sure: Hutongs first appeared in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty.

    Hu tong 

     In the early 13th century, a Mongolian tribe from the north became very strong. Led by Genghis Khan,the Mongolian occupied Beijing,the capital of the Jin Dynasty. In the year 1271,Kubla Khan,the grandson of Genghis Khan,founded the Yuan Dynasty and set Beijing as the capital city. Unfortunately,the old city was completely destroyed during the war. So they had to rebuild it. In old China,all the structures and roads were required to be symmetrical. So the city was well designed. First,they had to find a center,and then built a regular square city. The layout of the city was very much like a chessboard. About 50 residential areas were constructed,with straight roads and Hutongs in between. At the time,there was a clear definition for avenue,street and Hutong. A 37-metre-wide road was called an avenue,an 18-metre-wide one was called a street,and a 9-metre-wide lane was called a Hutong. Most of today's Hutong were formed during the Ming and Qing Dynasties that followed.

    Hu tong


    Hutongthe Chinese narrow streets

    Why book a Hutong tour to explore these streets?.

    Beijing has some of the most mesmerizing architectural masterpieces.

    Walk around these historical streets which patterned to fit a square city. You’ll find the reflection of the great Chinese dynasties!


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